x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

National Day events across all seven emirates

40 years of the UAE: Here is The National's pick of celebrations across the UAE on December 2.

People show off their decorated cars during the Spirit of Union Parade at Yas Island.
People show off their decorated cars during the Spirit of Union Parade at Yas Island.

Abu Dhabi

Official National Day Celebration: Zayed Sports City Stadium will host a glittery main event, attended by rulers, visiting heads of state and hundreds of residents.

Corniche: traditional tents, live shows, and fireworks will be on display today and tomorrow. Visitors will be able to take pictures with camels and falcons and the Armed Forces will do a fly-by between noon and 2pm today.

Yas Marina Circuit: Spirit of the Union Parade on Yas Island.


March of Loyalty for Sheikh Zayed: Jumeriah Road from 4-5pm

More than 1,000 Dubai taxi drivers will gather to create a UAE flag and the National Day official logo, between 9am and noon.

Community Development Authority will present heritage dances, traditional food, and fun activities for children, at Jumeirah Beach Residence between 2-10pm.

Dubai Fountain: The world's tallest fountain will dance to the National Anthem at 1pm, 7pm, 9pm and 11pm at Dubai Mall today and tomorrow.


City Centre: Emirati dances, performance by the Armed Forces, and National Operetta.

Corniche: Among activities, including a bazaar today and tomorrow, One Community Theatre will perform.

Unity Drive: climax of all-women drive around the seven emirates in memory of Sheikh Zayed's historic trip ends at the corniche.


Fujairah Fort: Sword championships, scout parade, horse show, bull butting, folklore show and crafts start at 4pm.

Corniche: Culture and Media Authority will host the police marching band, Arabic and International band performances, and activities for children.

Ras Al Khaimah

Al Qawasim Corniche: main celebrations take place here, and a traditional village will be opened at 4pm.

Saqr Park: RAK Municipality will start their celebrations, starting at 6pm.


Corniche: cultural activities, and marches, at 4pm.

Al Qasba Park: fireworks start at 8pm.

Heritage area: cultural show features food, and theatrical performances, starting at 4pm.

Umm Al Qaiwain

Al Khor Park will be the main centre of celebrations.

* Compiled by Amna Al Haddad